“Somewhere between 400 and 1,200 kids audition for each musical theatre BFA program, and she was accepted as one of ten boys and ten girls. The experience here at The Academy really helped her with that kind of competition.”
— Mindy, Academy Musical Theatre Parent

In the Musical Theatre Department, students must master storytelling in three different disciplines: voice, dance, and acting.

While many graduates of The Academy attend highly regarded BFA conservatory programs in musical theatre or acting, others choose to pursue their training in academic BA programs at liberal arts colleges. 

A broad sampling of our recent graduates’ college placements include, but are not limited to, Northwestern University, NYU, CAP 21, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Minnesota/Guthrie, Emerson College, Millikin, Muhlenberg, Point Park, TCU, Boston Conservatory, and Ithaca.

Our students are taught by Chicago professionals, working out in the city on their own art as they impart wisdom to our students based both on their own professional training and experience. In addition to our permanent faculty, our rotating roster of guest-artists means that the music director or choreographer of our fall show is working with our students in between gigs at any of Chicago’s most reputable and innovative professional theaters.

Performance is a key part of learning, and students have ample opportunity for it. The Musical Theatre Department produces four main stage shows per year: a large department production, a devised revue, a smaller department production, and a Shakespeare play. Our recent productions have included Nine, City of Angels, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Fiorello, Urinetown, The Pirates of Penzance, The Robber Bridegroom,  Cabaret, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Anything Goes, and Merrily We Roll Along. Our recent Shakespeare festival titles have been The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. 

The work of our acting classes includes the study of playwrights including Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov, John Patrick Shanley, Tony Kushner, Noel Coward, and David Lindsay-Abaire.

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